ORANGEBURG, S.C.--During the Democratic presidential primary debate, NBC anchor Brian Williams asked White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) about Monday's story in the Chicago Sun-Times about his ties to a shady Illinois political figure and if that is contrary to his claim of running a campaign with a new kind of politics.
Williams, not referring to Tony Rezko by name asked this question....
click below for question and Obama's repy.
WILLIAMS You've promised in your campaign a new kind of politics, but just
this week the Chicago Sun-Times reported on questionable ties you have
with a donor who was charged last year for demanding kickbacks on
Illinois business deals.
Aren't you practicing the very same kind of politics that many of
the others on this stage have engaged in?
OBAMA: Well, not all, we have thousands of donors. This donor
engaged in some ethical (sic) behavior and I have denounced it.
But I have a track record of bringing people around this new kind
of politics, since I was in the state legislature.
The first bill I ever passed was campaign finance reform
legislation -- the first in a generation in Illinois.
Here, in the United States Senate we were able to work to
strengthen the lobbying ethics reform bill, despite the resistance of
some of my colleagues in both parties.
And, in terms of how we've been running this campaign, we have
seen that I have not taken money from federal registered lobbyists.
We are not taking money from PACs.
What we are doing is organizing ordinary people to do
extraordinary things all across the country. And that's what its
going to require in order to change politics in this country.
OBAMA: We know what the challenges are, and we've got good plans
and ideas on health care and education and energy. What's been
lacking is the political will to get it done, and that's the kind of
movement that I intend to build during the course of this campaign.
MODERATOR: Senator, thank you.